The Oregon Hospice Association has named Care Partners hospice aide James McGaha to its annual Hospice and Palliative Care Dream Team, which honors individuals who exemplify the best in quality hospice and palliative care.
Pictured right: Care Partners patient and U.S. Marine Corps Veteran Dave Steel with his Hospice Aide, James.
James entered college with his sights set on becoming a registered nurse, but his musical talent and love for rock and roll took him down a slightly different path. While pursuing a music career in the evenings, he spent his days as a certified nursing assistant at Martha and Mary Ministries, an adult foster home for dying patients in Southeast Portland. At Martha and Mary, James quickly became a leader among his peers, helping to ensure quality patient care and a smoothly operating facility.
James transitioned to Care Partners in 2015, where he has since established himself as an invaluable asset. He is a strong advocate for the hospice aide team and has taken an active role in looking for ways to improve the daily lives of his colleagues. More importantly, he has continued to maintain a special connection to his clients. His calm and composed demeanor sets patients and their families at ease, and his continuous demonstration of compassion positively touches the entire Care Partners organization.
As a person of many talents and interests, James’ journey is just beginning. Although we don’t know exactly where it will take him, we do know that his attentive, knowledgeable and compassionate care has been an appreciated addition to the Care Partners team. We thank him for all of his service and hope that he continues to play an important role in his patients’ lives for many years to come.